The preseason for the San Jose Sharks ended nicely tonight, with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the E Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (site of the 2002 Olympic Games). The Sharks finish the preseason with a 3-4-0 record under new head coach Todd McLellan, while the Kings have a 3-2-3 record under new coach Terry Murray.
Sharks assistant coach Trent Yawney wanted to use tonight's game to make final adjustments, though the Sharks roster is essentially ready, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
"It's a whole new coaching staff and we want to make sure they're feeling comfortable with the new systems. Our roster is pretty much set, but some guys deserve to get another game," Yawney said.
(Fingers crossed that Jeff Friesen makes the cut...)
Joe Pavelski scored 54 seconds into the game on a Kings turnover, with assists from wingers Lukas Kaspar and Jonathan Cheechoo. Kings winger Kyle Calder tied the game with an assist from former Edmonton Oiler center Jarret Stoll, 2:20 into the second period.
The Sharks broke the tie - and how - with two goals just 53 seconds apart late in the second period. First, former Lightning defenseman Brad Lukowich got a goal on a Lukas Kaspar assist. Then Patrick Marleau added a power play goal on a pass from Devin Setoguchi, making it 3-1, San Jose.
The Sharks were without Joe Thornton (groin) tonight, as well as former Kings defenseman Rob Blake (unspecified).
The regular season opener between the Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks is this Thursday at HP Pavilion in San Jose. Tickets are not surprisingly sold out.
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